When Bernie Sanders lost in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries by millions, it disappointed millions of others. A fair number still voted for him in the presidential election. He has come out with some good news about his future, but still leaves a question mark.
The Vermont Senator has been traveling around the country, urging crowds to support his single-payer health care, or Medicare for all. This has been leading people to wonder if he will run again for president in 2020. Sanders says his main talking point, health care, “It isn’t a radical idea,” Fox News Reported:
‘It seems clear to me that we have one system that works well, and that’s called Medicare. Now is the time to expand Medicare for all and create a single-payer health care system.’
Sanders commented about the last time he introduced his single-payer system. He said that when he introduced the legislation, “I had one co-sponsor. Me.”
He spoke at a Strafford County New Hampshire Democratic Committee fundraising dinner. There, he hit on his other campaign promises: tuition-free college, “decent-paying union jobs,” getting rid of Citizens United (dark money for campaigns), and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The group gave him standing ovation after ovation.
Strafford County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Ellen Phillips told Fox News that this was the first time a non-Democrat headlined one of their fundraising dinners. Sanders is running as an Independent again. She told Fox News:
‘He’s going to make a lot of money for our candidates and that’s a good thing. ‘I love what Bernie says. I love the fact that he gets people energized. I love the fact that he gets people out to vote. If no other candidate can do that, then yes I’d like to see Bernie run again, but I’d like to see him with a very young vice president.’
Phillips voted for Sanders during the 2016 presidential primary, but notes he is 76 years old:
‘I love what Bernie says. I love the fact that he gets people energized. I love the fact that he gets people out to vote. If no other candidate can do that, then yes, I’d like to see Bernie run again, but I’d like to see him with a very young vice president.’
Sanders noted he has always been an Independent:
‘I am an independent and I have always run in Vermont as an independent, while I caucus with the Democrats in the United States Senate. That’s what I’ve been doing for a long time and that’s what I’ll continue to do.’
Will he run in the 2020 presidential elections? Time will tell.
Check out this video of Sanders on current politics via YouTube:
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